In January 1996, the Group acquired a 20 per cent interest in Mainline Partnership Ltd., the company that operates around Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster under the Mainline name. Greater Manchester Buses North (GMBN) was acquired in April 1996. This operation then consisted approximately 950 vehicles in north Manchester, Salford, Wigan, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham. Over 2,000 people were employed by the operation, which has recently been re-branded as First Manchester. June 1996 saw the acquisition of SB Holdings Ltd., which runs bus services in the Glasgow area with 1,250 buses and 3,500 employees. The business included Strathclyde?s Buses fleet, Kelvin and GCT. In October 1996 Strathclyde launched a Quality Partnership with Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority which involved a �£21 million investment in 200 high specification buses over two years, together with measures to make bus travel easier and safer.